Calls for more funding to avoid potential tragedy

COUNCILLOR Desmond Moffatt is throwing his weight behind a proposed council tax increase of 1.9 per cent and claims a tragedy could be in store for the community if action is not taken soon.

Coun Moffatt, who is Swindon’s Labour group lead for finance, also called on Swindon’s two MPs to lobby for more funding from central Government.

He said Swindon is one of the lowest paid local authorities in the country, having started off as a unitary council on the back foot as it was allocated less money due to supposed assets it never gained.

He said political parties of both colours were to blame for Swindon’s shortage in funding but the time had come when there is nothing left to cut without serious consequences.

“Unless something is done to stop cuts to Local Government funding there will be dire consequences,” said Coun Moffatt, who represents the Rodbourne Cheney ward.

“Vulnerable children at risk, older people abandoned to their own resources and avoidable fatalities in consequence, physically and mentally impaired people’s safety not secured and civilised norms of behaviour in business not enforced. Government has told us to raise Council Tax by two per cent and to do other than that fails our community and panders to the culture of selfishness that is anti taxation.”

He said Swindon has a reputation of being a rich area but there are places of huge social deprivation missing out because of this facade.

The MP for North Swindon Justin Tomlinson said he was already doing a lot to channel more cash from Government towards the town.

“Robert Buckland and myself have been working tirelessly to secure additional funding for Swindon,” said Mr Tomlinson.

“We are confident that when the local Government finance formula review is announced that Swindon will rightly be given a larger share. “

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8:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

One of the main problems is how much money you waste by running such an inefficient out of date, not fit for purpose organisation. Too many staff off sick (double the rate of the private sector who have far less job security and why they turn up every day unlike thier public sector counterparts), too many managers (at last count over 100 on £50k and above out of a workforce of 1500 which is ludicrous).

Endless meetings that decide nothing, jobsworths ticking boxes and crunching meaningless figures (who cares how well the council is doing compared to other councils, its you we pay not them so your only accountability is to the people of Swindon) and just generally substandard staff who would never get a job anywhere else because they might have to you know actually work for a living and make actual decisions and take responsibilty.

And yes i have seen first hand that large proportion of useless staff who have been there for years making the same mistakes and recycling the same ideas that never worked the first time around! The place is a shambles so dont have a go at anyone but yourselves for failing us. Put your own house in order before you start blaming others for your failings!
One of the main problems is how much money you waste by running such an inefficient out of date, not fit for purpose organisation. Too many staff off sick (double the rate of the private sector who have far less job security and why they turn up every day unlike thier public sector counterparts), too many managers (at last count over 100 on £50k and above out of a workforce of 1500 which is ludicrous). Endless meetings that decide nothing, jobsworths ticking boxes and crunching meaningless figures (who cares how well the council is doing compared to other councils, its you we pay not them so your only accountability is to the people of Swindon) and just generally substandard staff who would never get a job anywhere else because they might have to you know actually work for a living and make actual decisions and take responsibilty. And yes i have seen first hand that large proportion of useless staff who have been there for years making the same mistakes and recycling the same ideas that never worked the first time around! The place is a shambles so dont have a go at anyone but yourselves for failing us. Put your own house in order before you start blaming others for your failings! house on the hill

9:20am Thu 19 Dec 13

Ringer says...

"tragedy" - to borrow a phrase, megalolz.

What a surprise, a socialist demanding higher taxation. What a nasty piece of work he is.
"tragedy" - to borrow a phrase, megalolz. What a surprise, a socialist demanding higher taxation. What a nasty piece of work he is. Ringer

10:27am Thu 19 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

"He said Swindon has a reputation of being a rich area"

Does it? Most people I know think Swindon is somewhat of a s***hole!
"He said Swindon has a reputation of being a rich area" Does it? Most people I know think Swindon is somewhat of a s***hole! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

11:07am Thu 19 Dec 13

StillPav says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
"He said Swindon has a reputation of being a rich area" Does it? Most people I know think Swindon is somewhat of a s***hole!
There's a difference between being a rich area and being a s**thole. Although, I don' t know anyone who considers Swindon "rich".

It certainly isn't when you compare it to the rest of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or even larger towns/cities like Reading and Oxford.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: "He said Swindon has a reputation of being a rich area" Does it? Most people I know think Swindon is somewhat of a s***hole![/p][/quote]There's a difference between being a rich area and being a s**thole. Although, I don' t know anyone who considers Swindon "rich". It certainly isn't when you compare it to the rest of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or even larger towns/cities like Reading and Oxford. StillPav

11:57am Thu 19 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Swindon isn't rich, mainly because Moffatt and his socialist comrades already tax everyone into poverty in order to steal the money and give it to their voting army.

Sickening.

Anyone, the real reason Moffatt wants to see a local council tax rise is because he knows it'll hurt the Tories at the local elections. What a nasty chancer.
Swindon isn't rich, mainly because Moffatt and his socialist comrades already tax everyone into poverty in order to steal the money and give it to their voting army. Sickening. Anyone, the real reason Moffatt wants to see a local council tax rise is because he knows it'll hurt the Tories at the local elections. What a nasty chancer. Ringer

12:04pm Thu 19 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

I heard something the other day that about 6% of our council tax still goes towards paying for unfunded public sector pension commitments. Can anyone confirm if that's true?
I heard something the other day that about 6% of our council tax still goes towards paying for unfunded public sector pension commitments. Can anyone confirm if that's true? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

12:05pm Thu 19 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

(By the way, 6% is about £8 million I think which could pay for quite a lot of "services" if true)
(By the way, 6% is about £8 million I think which could pay for quite a lot of "services" if true) The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

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